DOVER, Del. — Officials say the chief firearms expert for the Delaware State Police has been suspended from his duties and will not testify in criminal cases until further notice.

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office informed the chief public defender in a letter last week that DSP had suspended firearms examiner Carl Rone. The letter did not explain the reason for Rone’s suspension or offer any other details.

Chief public defender Brendan O’Neill said in a written statement that his office does not know the details or the reason for Rone’s suspension, but that it does have concerns about the potential impact on both pending and past criminal trials.

Rone is frequently called by prosecutors to testify as a ballistics expert.

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